Fracking in Alberta also depends on the use of the state’s minimalist, least-common-denominator regulatory standards, drafted in collusion with polluting industry, to preempt traditional common law standards of liability and protect oil companies from legal action by the surrounding communities whose groundwater and air they’ve poisoned.Anyone who advocates such things is no libertarian. The Koch brothers are not libertarians.Let’s get something straight: The “pot-smoking Republican” kind of libertarian isn’t a libertarian at all. They’re just a Republican. And frankly, I suspect they really don’t even like pot that much.See, Republicans don’t really believe in free markets or economic freedom. They represent one wing of the economic ruling class, and actively seek to promote its interests through the state — just like the Democrats. The Democrats represent the “Yankee” wing of the economic ruling class, in Carl Oglesby’s framework — finance capital and large, capital-intensive, globally-oriented industry. The Republicans represent the “Cowboy” wing — medium-sized, labor-intensive, domestically-oriented industry, extractive industries and “provincial notables” like Sun Belt real estate speculators.And although Cowboys like the Kochs cloak their statist rent-seeking in “free market” rhetoric, they are the enemies of free markets and of anyone who sincerely believes in them.
- Economically Conservative Yet Socially Tolerant? Find Yourself on the Nolan Chart (huffingtonpost.com)
- Of Kochs and Carnegies: The Myth of Capitalist Market Purity (thatdevilhistory.wordpress.com)
- The launch of SA’s Libertarian Party: herding cats in time for 2014 (dailymaverick.co.za)
- How the Koch Brothers Orchestrated the Shutdown (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ed Crane and the Cato Institute vs. the Kochtopus! (delong.typepad.com)